Trumpist Solution to Sea Level Rise: Get Rid of Boats

October 12, 2021

All righty then.
Republicans are desperate for a way to find their footing on climate change. Realizing that, after a summer of shocking extreme weather events, public alarm on climate is rising sharply.

Moreover, Republicans know they lost the last election principally in suburbs that were formerly safe for them, as women and college educated voters deserted them precisely on issues like climate. Ominously for the GOP, climate impacts are no longer limited to polar bears on the cover of magazines, but are hammering suburbs in key electoral states like Michigan, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada.

Easy to understand that puzzled Repubs are noodling around their “conservative” solutions to the problem they’ve been actively denying for 40 years.

Raw Story:

A Republican state legislative candidate in Virginia posed an interesting question on Twitter recently.

I’m curious, Do you think the sea level would lower, if we just took all the boats out of the water? Just a thought, not a statement,” wrote Scott Pio, who is challenging Democratic Del. David Reid in Loudoun County’s District 32.

One problem for Repubs is that they’ve spent 30 years attracting a crowd of science-illiterate morons as candidates. Half a decade ago, then rising star in the party Bobby Jindal suggested Republicans “stop being the stupid party”. That movement has only accelerated, and Jindal is no longer on anyone’s list of Presidential hopefuls.

8 Responses to “Trumpist Solution to Sea Level Rise: Get Rid of Boats”


  1. Bobby Jindal is currently the Chairman of America First Policy Institute’s “Center for a Healthy America”.

    https://americafirstpolicy.com/about/

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Pio is running for office in Loudon County, VA, which is the county just west of my county. Many Loudon residents have lost their minds (or are as dumb as Pio).

    Pio’s suggestion that taking all the boats out of the water is one of the dumbest, most science-ignorant things I have ever heard—-Lord Love A Duck!

    They have had some huge demonstrations and fights at school board meetings in Loudon over vaccines, masking, critical race theory, LGBTQ recognition, and anything else that is not hard right—-don’t be surprised if Pio wins (or at least makes a strong showing).

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Woo-hoo! Randal Munroe leaps into action:
    The impact on sea level from removing all boats from the world’s oceans would be “about six microns—slightly more than the diameter of a strand of spider silk. … The oceans are currently rising at about 3.3 millimeters per year due to global warming (through both glacial melting and thermal expansion of seawater). At that rate if you removed every ship from the ocean, the water would be back up to its original average level in 16 hours.”

  4. indy222 Says:

    One of the most depressing aspects of the past decade is realizing how little of this, my own country, I could live in and feel any sort of sense of community, let alone outright alienation.


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